The party sets out from the Drunken Platypus, after settling up with the owner (Maria). They head north, according to the directions given by Lady Razicecezodi; several party members have excellent senses of direction, so nobody gets lost.
After a time, the path bends towards a wooded area. Adanac immediately starts walking not-on-the-path, because this is his favorite milieu. The other characters stay on the path, in varying states of awareness. (Geillis is in “I have feet!” mode, for sure!)
Suddenly, Ansaethos stops dead in the path; her companion (who was it? I forget!) continues blithely walking past her, until she puts a hand on their shoulder to stop them. She has spotted two baby bear cubs, playing happily on the path about 50’ ahead of them…and where there are cubs…
Ansaethos locates the mother bear, and attempts to calm her down using Wild Empathy. She succeeds partially.
Adanac is also in “I Have Feet” mode, but after being alerted by Ansaethos, he decides to try to use his gnomish ability to communicate with Woodland Creatures plus his natural charm to get her to calm down and not perceive the party as a threat. Unfortunately, his natural charm is…limited, and he mis-speaks. Instead of saying “We are NOT here for you or your cubs,” he says “We are here for you OR your cubs.” The bear grows anxious again.
Thinking fast, Naiem (right?) throws a slingstone off into the forest, where the baby bears happily scamper over to investigate this New and Exciting Sound. Adanac redeems himself by casting a Ghost Sound of a distressed cub to come from that same direction, and the mother bear huffs off, no longer perceiving the party as the primary threat. Everyone books it out of there.
Geillis decides that in order to ward off further wild animals, she should loudly sing a song all the rest of the trip through the forest. It works! No more wild animals!
(pausing here, but Farmhouse also belongs in this post.)